Day 18: Hard Days Work

Today was hard. It was hard from the get-go. My one group of students has a more heavy energy than the other group and as soon as those few students enter my classroom, I can feel the positive, joyful energy start to leave my body.

I always take a deep breathe and greet them with an enthusiastic, “Good morning, ________, how are you?” And every single time, the response is dismal or I don’t get a response at all.

I didn’t realize how much energy I was expending to compensate for the heavy energy that was coming through my door, but today I felt it. I am exhausted, truly exhausted. This year has tested all of us and I’m in need of a break… 6 more teaching days, I think to myself.

After having not been in the classroom for 3 years, I forgot how impacted I can be by the mood or energy my students’ bring. I remembered today. I remembered today that I, too have to dig deep and employ my own strategies to get through a hard day. I remembered today that it’s hard for them too, even though everyone always says how resilient kids are. I remembered today that it’s ok to shut the engines down and just have a heart-to-heart to help us all get back on track. And most importantly, I remembered today that tomorrow is a new day and it’s ok to to rest so that I can be my best self for my students’, no matter what.

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3 thoughts on “Day 18: Hard Days Work

  1. This really resonates with me! Today’s group is difficult – I get the same responses as you – little to none. After our morning P.E. however, it’s full steam ahead for them! They are very loud and really do take all my energy! Two more days with them…

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  2. It’s so hard when people (teachers or students) don’t leave their problems at the school door. It’s hard enough for adults to do it. So many kids can’t. Just keep trying to bring positivity to them. And when all else fails, think about your upcoming vacation!

    Hang in there! You’ve got this!

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